With her biological clock ticking loudly, Abigail Simpson, from Norwich, felt that she didn’t have time to wait for ‘Mr Right’ if she was going to have the baby she always wanted.
Abigail explains; “I was worried I wouldn’t meet the right person in time to be a suitable partner and a father for my baby. Knowing that I wanted a baby more than anything I decided I had better start now rather than leaving it to chance.”
Abigail (38) first went to a fertility clinic in London for intrauterine insemination (IUI), a form of assisted conception treatment where prepared sperm is injected high into the womb at the time of ovulation.
Over the next five years Abigail was to have three unsuccessful IUI attempts.
“On the third attempt I miscarried, which was devastating. It was then that I decided to look into IVF as I knew it had a better success rate and I wasn’t getting any younger.
“I remembered reading in the Eastern Daily Press that Bourn Hall had opened a new clinic in Wymondham, near Norwich, which was really convenient and far easier than travelling to London for each appointment.”
So in spring 2014 Abigail visited the Wymondham clinic for the first time to discuss using the Norwich sperm bank.
“I did feel a bit unusual as a single person and not suffering from infertility issues like the other patients but the staff were fantastic and put me at ease.”
After her initial consultations and a fertility check, Abigail was given the anonymised profiles of sperm donors so that she could select one for her IVF treatment.
Following ovarian stimulation, 15 eggs were collected, of which eight fertilised. Five days later, one blastocyst was selected and carefully transferred to Abigail’s womb and she chose to have a further five frozen for future treatment if required.
“Having miscarried before I was incredibly worried in the lead up to my first scan. In the end I went to the chemists to get a home pregnancy test. It was positive! I was crying with relief and joy.
“A week later I returned to the Wymondham clinic for my official scan: I was over the moon when they confirmed I was pregnant.
“During the first twelve weeks I was incredibly cautious and amazed when everything seemed to be going well.”
Baby Molly was born by caesarean on 11th October 2014.
“I am delighted to have Molly, she is all I ever wanted. She is so beautiful and such a jolly, little girl.
“I named her after the traditional East Anglian dance, ‘molly dancing’. I love the dance and wanted her to be connected to it.
“Bourn Hall was absolutely brilliant. I was so impressed and felt I got top quality treatment. I would recommend their fertility clinics to any single woman who is thinking of having a baby.
“I’m so pleased I did decide to have Molly and with Bourn Hall Clinic.”
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